As expected, the City Council today passed the KCMO Film Development Program ordinance, an incentive program to attract film and TV production in Kansas City.
Kansas City’s first ever filming incentive program, the measure passed after KCMO Office of Culture and Creative Services, a part of the City Manager’s Office, and he KC Film + Media Office, a part of Visit KC, introduced a local incentive to the City Council Finance Committee last Wednesday. (See previous Pop Culture Examiner story “KC Council approves rebate incentives to attract movie/TV production.”)
The incentive program, which will take the form of a rebate based on actual verified spending, was proposed after concerns from professionals within the KC film industry that Kansas City is losing out on potential business. The details of the plan reportedly have been in the making for several months at the KC Film and Media Office.
According to the KC Film + Media Office, the KCMO Film Development Program will include the following details:
•The program is performance-based, meaning productions must fulfill program requirements prior to receiving program benefits.
•There are two tiers of rebates (3.5% and 7%) scaled to the requirements and economic impact; both tiers are focused on jobs, economy and community impact.
•Tier Two also requires a community benefit that considers both the financial and the social impact.
•A marketing bonus will provide Kansas City with tangible marketing products as to help market the city as a friendly film destination.
•The program has been developed with an eye on quantitative measures for ongoing tracking and evaluation.
Eligibility for the rebates will be based on qualifying parameters such as total budget, number of local hotel nights booked, percentage of shooting that is in Kansas City, number of local performers and technicians and production personnel hired. Based on those factors, a production could earn rebates between 3.5 percent and 7 percent of the value of specific local production expenses.
The KC Film + Media Office says the next steps include working with City Legal and Finance Departments on finalizing application, final expenditure report and other required documents. “This move is a positive step for Kansas City, and a message to the State leadership that KC is willing to come to the table,” according to the KC Film + Media Office website. “Now we ask the State to participate in the form of Missouri State Film Incentives.”
For details about the program link to KCMO Film Development Program, Ordinance #160093.